Gary Busey Net Worth
Gary Busey net worth: Gary Busey is an American film and stage actor who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Gary Busey built his net worth from acting in well-known films like The Buddy Holly Story, The Firm, Lost Highway, Point Break and Black Sheep. He has also appeared on several television shows including Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, and Entourage, and is also known for being a wild card on reality shows like Celebrity Apprentice (which he has appeared in twice, both in Season 4 and Season 6) and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and first started working as an entertainer when he was a drummer in The Rubber Band. While working with he band, he performed on several Leon Russell recordings. He continued to play music until the 70's when he started appearing in movies. In 1974, he made his major film debut as a supporting role in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story and for his performance, Busey received the greatest acclaim of his career when he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critcs' Best Actor award. In the 80′ he continued to appear in film and television with some frequency until 1988 when he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage. Sadly, the actor has recently fallen on difficult financial times. On February 6th 2012, Gary Busey filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in California claiming to be more than $500,000 in debt. In the filings, Busey states that he has less than $50,000 in real assets and roughly $500,000 – $1 million in debt to various parties including the IRS, Wells Fargo, UCLA Medical Center and others. Busey has one son, William Jacob "Jake" Busey who was born in 1971 to his then wife, Judy Helkenberg, and another son, Luke Sampson Busey, who was born in 2010 to his girlfriend, Steffanie Sampson.